Noah trusted God’s words and acted in faith

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION - [De­vo­tion by Randy Moll. Scrip­ture taken from the New King James Ver­sion®. Copy­right © 1982 by Thomas Nel­son. Used by per­mis­sion. All rights re­served.]

“By faith Noah, be­ing di­vinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, pre­pared an ark for the sav­ing of his house­hold, by which he con­demned the world and be­came heir of the right­eous­ness which is ac­cord­ing to faith.” He­brews 11:7 (Read Ge­n­e­sis 6-9)

When the num­ber of peo­ple grew upon the earth, so also did the wicked­ness and rebellion against the Lord God. The be­liev­ers (sons of God) in­ter­mar­ried with un­be­liev­ers (daugh­ters of men) and the re­sult was more and more peo­ple who did not walk in the ways of the Lord but fol­lowed after the imag­i­na­tions of their own hearts — after their own evil thoughts and de­sires.

Ge­n­e­sis 6 says, “Then the Lord saw that the wicked­ness of man was great in the earth, and that ev­ery in­tent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil con­tin­u­ally. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, ‘I will de­stroy man whom I have cre­ated from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creep­ing thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them’” (v. 5-7).

The ac­count con­tin­ues, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord … Noah was a just man, per­fect in his gen­er­a­tions. Noah walked with God” (v. 8, 9).

God told Noah, in days when the earth was yet wa­tered by a mist (Ge­n­e­sis 2:6), that He would send rains and a flood upon the earth to de­stroy man and beast. And God com­manded Noah to build an ark to save him­self, his fam­ily and two of ev­ery kind of an­i­mal from the com­ing flood (Ge­n­e­sis 6:14ff.).

Even though a flood like that of which God warned was un­heard of in Noah’s day, Noah be­lieved the Lord and pre­pared an ark, warn­ing oth­ers around him to re­pent of their wicked­ness and turn back to the Lord (cf. 2 Peter 2:5). By so do­ing, Noah for­sook the pre­sent world and be­came an heir of the right­eous­ness of God which is by faith.

Sim­i­larly, God calls upon all mankind to­day to re­pent and re­turn to Him, warn­ing that “the heav­ens and the earth which are now pre­served by the same word, are re­served for fire un­til the day of judg­ment and perdi­tion of un­godly men” (2 Peter 3:7). God will once again judge this world and all mankind. As He was, at the time of the flood, forced to de­stroy those who would not re­pent and turn to Him for mercy, so He will soon con­demn all who re­ject Him and the sal­va­tion He of­fers in the cross of Je­sus. This pre­sent world and all of man’s evil works will be burned up on that day when Je­sus Christ re­turns.

Those who heed God’s warn­ing and re­pent, trust­ing in Christ Je­sus and His shed blood for for­give­ness and life, for­sake this pre­sent world and look for­ward to an­other in which there will be ev­er­last­ing right­eous­ness, in­no­cence and blessed­ness. They are for­given and ac­counted right­eous through faith in Je­sus and walk in fel­low­ship with the Almighty God by that faith and con­fi­dence in Je­sus and His sac­ri­fice for the sins of the world.

And God’s judg­ment is com­ing. But He is be­ing pa­tient with us, not de­sir­ing that any per­ish, “but that all should come to re­pen­tance” (2 Peter 3:9). He calls us to turn from our evil ways, look­ing to Je­sus and His cross in faith for for­give­ness and life ev­er­last­ing!

O dear­est Je­sus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us, for­give us and grant us a place in your ev­er­last­ing king­dom. Amen.

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